Zen Cart How to Move Your Site to Another Host/Server – Part One

When using Zen Cart, you may find that you are dissatisfied with your host, or with the server you installed zen cart on to begin with. You may decide that the best thing to do for your business is to move your zen cart to a different server/host. This zen cart tutorial will take you through that process.

The first step is obviously to find and set up a new host/server. Then, on this new host/server, create a new MySQL database.

Then, using your favorite FTP program, upload a fresh zen cart install. Make sure that it is the same version as the one your original site was built on. This way, you will be certain to have the right settings in your configure.php files. Also, when you are asked about your database-table-prefix, make sure to use the same one as you did in your old store. If you don’t know what your old one was, you can find out in the DB_PREFIX setting of the old store’s configure.php file. It’s a good idea to let the demo products install as well, so that you can test to make sure everything is working as it should before moving forward.
Lastly, be sure to create regular backups of your new server’s /includes/configure.php and /admin/includes/configure.php files. You can do this by by downloading them via FTP to your device.

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Install a SQL Database Patch


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Patching your database is a must have skill for any zen cart store owner. You will add database patches for many reasons including module installation, and updating any information in your zen cart database.

Step one is to back up your zen cart database. Follow this step by step tutorial if you don’t already know how to do this:

How to Backup Your Database Using PHPMyAdmin Zen Cart

Log into your zen cart admin and go to Tools -> Install SQL Patches.

There are 2 ways to execute your query. The first way is to copy and paste it into the box and click on the “send” button. Be sure to end your query with a semi-colon.

The second way is to upload a file (click on the “browse” or “choose file” button to select the file from your computer) and click on the “upload” button. Please note that Zen Cart database-upgrade scripts should NOT be run from this page.

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First Steps – 17. Load Products

Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

Categories / Products – Load Products

Follow this tutorial for step by step instructions on how to load products into your zen cart store.

Easy Help Zen Cart Tutorial: How to Add Products

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First Steps – 16. Setup Categories

Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

Categories / Products – Setup Categories

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Catalog -> Categories/Products.

Follow this tutorial for step by step instructions on how to set up categories in your zen cart store.

Easy Help Zen Cart Tutorial: How to Add Categories and Sub Categories

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First Steps – 15. Setup Languages



Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

System Setup /Settings – Setup Languages

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Localization -> Languages.

2. Set up the languages you wish to support in your shop.

To enable a language requires that you install the appropriate language pack to your zen cart store. Be sure that the language pack you load is suitable for the version of Zen Cart you’re using.

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First Steps – 14. Setup Currencies



Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

System Setup /Settings – Setup Currencies

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Localization -> Currencies.

2. Configure the various currencies your shop will accept/process.

Follow this tutorial for step by step instructions on how to add currencies to your zen cart store:

Easy Help Zen Cart Tutorial: How to Add Currencies

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First Steps – 13. Setup Taxes

Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

System Setup /Settings – Setup Taxes

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Locations/Taxes -> Zones Definitions.

2. Insert applicable tax zones for the regions in which you collect taxes.

3. In your zen cart admin go to Locations/Taxes -> Tax Classes.

Create classes for the tax combinations you must assign to a product. In most cases, you only need one class.

4. In your zen cart admin go to Locations/Taxes -> Tax Rates.

Link tax classes and zones and enter the tax rate for those combinations.

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First Steps – 12. Shipping

Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

System Setup /Settings – Shipping

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Modules -> shipping.

2. Enable and configure the shipping modules that you will be using.

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First Steps – 11. Payment

Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

System Setup /Settings – Payment

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Modules -> Payment.

2. Enable and configure the payment modules that you will be using.

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First Steps – 10. Credit Cards



Once you have installed zen cart, there are some essential steps you will need to take before your site can go live. This series of step by step tutorials will take you through these steps.

System Setup /Settings – Credit Cards

1. Log into your zen cart admin and go to Configuration ->Credit Cards.

2. Enable the cards that you will be accepting. This does not turn on payment processing.

To enable the cards, click on the card, select “1”, and click on the “update” button.

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